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Twenty Years After, Dumas, Alexandre.  Illustrated by Rowland Wheelwright
201 Dumas, Alexandre. Illustrated by Rowland Wheelwright Twenty Years After
London George G. Harrap & Co. 1923 Full Calf Near Fine 
8vo. 22 by 14.5 cm. 781 pp. Sunning of spine. Light age toning of leaves. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Japanese Story-Tellers From the French of Jules Adam, Edwards, Osman
202 Edwards, Osman Japanese Story-Tellers From the French of Jules Adam
Tokyo T. Hasegawa Ribbon ties Near Fine 
N.d. Originally issued in 1899, according to Sharf. This would appear to be a later, but early, edition. 8vo. 19 by 13.5 cm. Unpaginated, 14 leaves, plus cover. Colorful illustrations throughout, sometimes full page, sometimes spilling over to a second page or two paged, sometimes overlapping text, all in the quintessential Hasegawa style. Light wear. A lovely copy overall. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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[Manuscript] The Adventures of Little Jack Rabbit, [together with] a specification letter by author and note from publisher relating thereto Based on nature and the actual habis of the Jack Rabbit.  Scenes and surroundings are those under which the Jack Rabbit actually lives.  Not a nature fake but a true to life story, El Comancho [pseudonym for W. S. Phillips]
203 El Comancho [pseudonym for W. S. Phillips] [Manuscript] The Adventures of Little Jack Rabbit, [together with] a specification letter by author and note from publisher relating thereto Based on nature and the actual habis of the Jack Rabbit. Scenes and surroundings are those under which the Jack Rabbit actually lives. Not a nature fake but a true to life story
Seattle Cloth Very Good 
A lovely mock-up manuscript of a chidren's story, with many original watercolored drawings, and generally several takes on each drawing. N.d., circa 1920. Oblong quarto, 35 by 28 cm, 14 by 11 inches. Unpaginated, 118 ff. Phillips was a published author who wrote several successful children's books about the West, including "Indian Tales for Little Folks". It is unknown why this particular manuscript was never published, given how far he got in the process. (It would seem doubtful that the concerns related to copyright, since the story is easily distinguishable from Peter Rabbit, from which the author expressly did draw inspiration, and which he explicitly cites as a template in his "specifications". The most significant difference is in this story's ambition to depict the animals more realistically and as true animals, not animals dressed in human clothes. Indeed, this conceit would set this story apart from most anthropomorphic juvenile literature of the day. In this story, the young rabbit, defying his mother's warning about coyotes, ventures out into the sagebrush and has close calls with not just a coyote but also an eagle, meets several other burrowing animals and has to escape from an irrigation ditch as he desperately seeks to find his way home. Effortlessly the author educates us in the process about the lifestyle of Jack Rabbits. The drawings are mounted on heavy stock and interleaved with pages of tracing paper and a light weight paper upon which variants of the drawings are rendered. Throughout are maginal notes covering details of the book's production, in addition to the letter of instructions. Heavy foxing on some leaves. A half-title or cover sheet somewhat chewed up. The binder is loose by the front joint, and the title label on the front board is heavily rubbed. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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204 Elia [Charles Lamb], words by. Illustrations (dresses and decorations) by Walter Crane A Masque of Days
London Cassell & Company 1901 First Edition Hardcover, illustrated paper pastedown Near Fine Very Good Jacket 
4to. 29.5 by 22 cm. 40, [1] pp. Leaves are folded in the Japanese manner, giving the leaves a substantiality. In this, one of Walter Crane's most famous works, he freely draws upon the styles of dress from the Jacobean, Georgian, Regency periods, as well as those from a vague Medieval past -- court jesters, wizards, etc. -- such as one finds in fairy tales, some ball gowns more contemporary to him. The illustrations are a pageantry of color inspired by the work's fanciful progression of the calendar. This is a near exemplary copy of the work that was a part of the Forbes Magazine Collection (which was a privately owned museum gallery). A discrete impressed stamp identifies it as such and it may thus be technically considered ex-lib, although the provenance in this instance, combined with its lovely condition, would seem to enhance the copy. The dust jacket is an uncommon survival. Externally there is one minor corner chip and light wear besides. If one lifts the jacket off the book one will see an old edge tape repair that is best to leave as is. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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A Dog Day, Emanuel, Walter
205 Emanuel, Walter A Dog Day
New York E.F. Dutton & Co. 1902 First Edition Thus Cloth Very Good Aldin, Cecil 
16mo - over 5¾. Book. Presumed 1902, since only date given is 1902 copyright listing William Heineman. Unpaginated, with color illustrations on every other page by Cecil Aldin, depicting a typical day of little dramas in a dog's life. This is 5.5 inch tall book. VG, with soilage to front board paste on, a few minor chips to pages. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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206 F. B. Bunte Vogelwelt
Paper Pastedown on Boards Good Plus 
N.d., circa 1930. Oblong, 9 by 15 cm, 3.75 by 6 inches. No publishing information provided. Six very colorful panels within ushering one into the enchanted world of gnomes, birds and other cutesie animals. One panel shows a gnome given the attentive birds a school lesson, the next, there is music-making and dancing with mice and a frog joining in. In other panels, we see the happy birds serenading the gnomes, a drinking party, a gnome doctoring for an ailing bird. And then there is an illustration that includes a variety of beetles. Edgewear and soiling of the boards. The last two panels have abrasions with minor losses. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The Comic Military Alphabet.  Army Navy National Guard, Falls, De Witt C..
207 Falls, De Witt C.. The Comic Military Alphabet. Army Navy National Guard
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1894 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 20 by 14 cm. Unpaginated, with 26 comical chromolithographs, and before each of these plate leaves is a leaf with a comical caption written on the recto. Hard to come by in this, its original format and edition. Soiling to the cloth. The stiff card leaves are clean, the binding, tight. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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208 Faustle, Alfons, illustrator. Verse by Gustav FAlke Kunterbunt
Mainz Verlag Jos. Scholz Hardcover Very Good Minus 
N.d., circa 1920s. Unpaginated. Three card stock leaves plus cover, with eight pages of content. Charming color illustrations of animals, flowers and objects, each accompanied by a four line verse. Nr. 4567 of Scholz inventory. Cover soiled, with wear especially by edges. Hinge restored by last leaf. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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209 Florian. Edited by Andre Theuriet. Illustrated by A. Vimar. Second volume by Berquin. Introduction by M. L. Tarsot. Illustrated by H. Gerbault Les Fables de Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian, bound with L'Ami des Enfants [Two volumes bound in one]
Paris Henri Laurens Cloth Very Good 
4to. vii, 137, iv, 171 pp., with many illustrations in both works, some color chromotypographic. The lesser known of the two works is a play by Berquin. The Bookplate of Rodman Wanamaker in the second volume. Clean, with age toned pages. Buckram cloth binding has light wear. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Histoire de Sabou-Chien "Au Pays des Fées“ d’Apres Marcel-Evelyn-Flores.  Filmanim.  Les plus beaux dessins animés!, Floris, Marcel-Evelyn
210 Floris, Marcel-Evelyn Histoire de Sabou-Chien "Au Pays des Fées“ d’Apres Marcel-Evelyn-Flores. Filmanim. Les plus beaux dessins animés!
Paris probably Filmanim. Les Producteurs Français de Dessins Animés NA Very Good Plus 
N.d., n.p. Circa 1940. Box is 10.5 by 7.5 cm, and not quite 3 cm deep, with two rollers jutting out to allow us to turn the scroll within, which has 14 cells, or pictures. The story is an original fairy tale, as far as we know, about a puppy who is told he is blessed by a fairy and then embarks on an adventure to find his fortune. The story itself is peculiar -- it doesn't have a teachable moral, and ther is a flimsiness to the narrative, yet the illustrations themselves are colorful and delightful, and children at the time this object was created undoubtedly enjoyed the mechanism. Indeed, they had to have enjoyed it to its death, for this is a scarce object, with none found on OCLC, nor in the BNF catalogue. . Marcel-Evelyn Floris was an animator active in the forties. Condition: light wear. Fully functional. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Le Petit La Fontaine, Fontaine, Jean de
211 Fontaine, Jean de Le Petit La Fontaine
Paris Marcilly. Printer: Firmin Didot Freres First Edition thus Cartonnage romantique. Slipcase of same type. Very Good 
Circa 1830s. Oblong miniature, 41 by 55 mm. 94 pp. Four wood-engraved plates, with touches of amateurish hand-coloring. In our view, these daubs of color are crude, and thus they neither enhance the plates, nor though, we hasten to add, do they detract. Spielmann 290A. Gumuchian 3573. The binding is a pink romantique cartonnage type, with black lined decoration. With a slipcase from another Macilly title, "Le Petit Florian". This slipcase, happily, fits the book's size perfectly, and being also pink, can easily be mistaken as intended for this title. Both the binding and the slipcase have light to moderate wear, with rubbing, etc., but both are still well preserved. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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Funny Folks from Gardentown, Fraioli, Tony, written and decorated by
212 Fraioli, Tony, written and decorated by Funny Folks from Gardentown
Chicago Whitman Publishing Co. 1935 First Wraps Good Plus 
Scarce, striking and thoroughly unusual children's title with anthromorphic or animalized cubist-stylized fruits and vegetables. 4to. 30 by 24 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp. including cover. Each of the very colorful garden characters -- Lester Lemon, Old Mother Hubbard Squash, Polly Pineapple, Radish Rat, Phyllis Peach, Oscar Onion, etc. -- receives a few lines of funny doggeril and is set off dramatically by a pitch black background. No copies located on OCLC FirstServe. Considerable wear on cover -- crease lines and rubbing. Inside generally clean. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Filles et Garcons:  Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs, France, Anatole
213 France, Anatole Filles et Garcons: Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs
Paris Librairie Hachette 1910 Decorated Cloth Very Good Monvel, M. Boutet De 
4to - over 9¾. Book. Circa early 20th century. 25 pp. + 12 color illustrated plates, with additional black and white illustrations in text. Binding is tight, pages toned, per type of paper, but clean otherwise. Shelfwear around edges of boards. Light soilage on front board. Small tear of spine fabric. A very good copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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214 France, Anatole Girls and Boys: Scenes from the Country and the Town
New York Duffield & Company 1923 Decorated Cloth Good Monvel, Boutet De 
4to - over 9¾. Book. 25 pp. Lovely color illustrationsSoilage to front pictorial board. Some light foxing or soiling affecting a few leaves. Tear on pp 21/22 leaving stain and repaired awkwardly with tape. Tight binding. Overall a nice copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Nos Enfants:  Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs, France, Anatole
215 France, Anatole Nos Enfants: Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs
Paris Librairie Hachette 1910 Decorated Cloth Very Good Monvel, M. Boutet De 
4to - over 9¾. Book. Circa early 20th century. 25 pp. + 12 color illustrated plates, with additional black and white illustrations in text. Binding is tight, pages toned, per type of paper, but clean otherwise. Shelfwear around edges of boards. A very good copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Nos Enfants:  Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs, France, Anatole
216 France, Anatole Nos Enfants: Scenes De La Ville et Des Champs
Paris Librairie Hachette 1910 Decorated Cloth Good Monvel, M. Boutet De 
4to - over 9¾. Book. Circa early 20th century. 25 pp. + 12 color illustrated plates, with additional black and white illustrations in text. Binding is tight, pages toned, per type of paper, but clean otherwise. Shelfwear around edges of boards. Some sooty soilage to top part of front board. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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217 Fritz Baumgarten (1883-1966) Unsere Haustiere Ein Tier-Bilderbuch. No. 7204
Heavy Card Boards Very Good Plus 
Five leaves of thick card, including the covers, and with eight pages of color illustrations of domestic animals, two per page, plus the illustration on the cover. Scarce. A few copies turn up on OCLC, but these are all later editions except possibly one, which is dated 1936. This copy is undated, given the use of Suetterlin Schrift on the front cover, a type of cursive pushed in German schools between 1935 and 1941, when it became officially banned, this is almost certainly the same edition, although the appearance of the book otherwise would suggest a slightly earlier issue. While the Suetterlin Schrift is now indecipherable to people not brought up with it, the Gothic Fraktur type used in the body of the work is much more accessible as well as ornamental. Age toning more pronounced on the edges. Otherwise clean and tight. The card is sturdy as can be. The spine band has some wear at the extremities. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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218 Funck-Brentano, F. Jeanne D'Arc
Paris Combet & Cie. (Ancienne Librairie Furne) 1912 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Guillonnet, O.D.V. 
Book. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 84 pp. Lavish full page color illustrations virtually every other page. Part of series of young adult biographies of French heroes and leaders from the early twentieth century. Soilage on white decorated boards. One page with close tear, about 1.5 inches, in margin. Overall a very good copy. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Les Deux Soeurs de Lait. Historiette Morale., Gaillet, A. de
219 Gaillet, A. de Les Deux Soeurs de Lait. Historiette Morale.
Paris First Leporellos. Good 
Scarce, with no copies listed on OCLC and not in the BNF catalogue. N.d., circa 1840s. (Inscription in front dated 1843.) Closed, 15 by 11.5 cm. Stretching to 23 hand-colored panels that tell a sentimental story of two girls, Marie and Charlotte, raised together as sisters, one an heiress, the other, a poor peasant, after the former's mother passes away. Then one day Marie, the heiress, is taken away by her father to the city, where she becomes accustomed to the ways of well-to-do girls. When Charlotte, the peasant girl, visits, Marie is embarrassed by her. Only when Charlotte later rescues Marie from a vicious dog attack does Marie see the error of her ways, and the two reconcile. Condition: moderate to heavy soiling throughout, including some foxing, with a general grubbiness to the leaves. Repaired folds, some of which repairs were done somewhat crudely. A few chips, with minor loss of text -- a few missing letters, but the words intended obvious. Still, on the positive, the plates remain brightly colored, with no loss whatsoever to the pictures 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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A Day in the Life of a Child, Gale, Norman, verses by.  Illustrations by A. M. Cook
220 Gale, Norman, verses by. Illustrations by A. M. Cook A Day in the Life of a Child
London, etc. Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd. First edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown on boards of medium s Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies on OCLC First Search. N.d., circa 1910s. (Reference to Queen Alexandra when she clearly was already a dowager queen, and attire depicted consistent with the teens.) Oblong 4to, 24 by 33 cm. Unpaginated, eighteen pages of narrative (including insides of cover). Twelve of the pages are full color plates, the remaining pages of the narrative are black, white and red. (Plus front and rear cover are in full color.) The book tells not so much a story as much as the various events that might occur in the life of children from afffluent families residing in the idyllic countryside or by a immaculately groomed park -- goat-drawn cart rides, playing with model ships, flying a kite, an afternoon tea, etc. It is a world with nannies, nurses, pet dogs, cats, and gentle domestic farm animals. We believe that the book might have been issued while the First World War was underway, for it offers up a reassuring escapism, and there is one page entitled "The Tiny Army" showing little girls playing with a cavalry of toy wheeled stick horses, but this is content that could plausibly have predated or followed the war as well. The illustrations have a winsome dream-like simplicity. One can see echoes of the Queen Anne style of book illustration epitomized by Walter Crane's output. Thus the appeal of the book would have been at least as strong for adults wistful for "a more innocent time". Condition: red cloth spine with rubbing and a few pinprick holes and closed tearing along the edge. Moderate amount of soiling to the boards. A faint inscription on the front cover. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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